Newspapers report the high cost of having a death row, and liberals cry about the cost and demand it be abolished. It's time the public became aware of the real reasons for the high cost. Some are because of specialized housing required by death row inmates, but the main costs are generated by the inmates' attorneys.
As a taxpayer, you pay the police to investigate, apprehend and arrest the suspect. He goes to trial and if he can't afford an attorney, one is appointed as everyone is entitled to representation. If found guilty, he goes to death row. Now the costs begin to accumulate, especially for the attorneys who work so diligently to keep these individuals alive.
The taxpayer pays the attorney general and her staff to see that justice prevails. The taxpayer also pays the attorneys representing these individuals for years and years. If these attorneys truly care about these people, they should volunteer to let the taxpayer off the hook and pay for their housing for the rest of their lives, or the state can commute the sentences as long as the attorneys agree to take them to their homes and support them.
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